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So Long Summer, Save Me Some Indian Spice Krispies! So Long Summer, Save Me Some Indian Spice Krispies!

Today for the first time, I dropped off both of my boys at elementary school. I’ve been dreaming about this day for at least the last 5 weeks.  We have had a REALLY full summer and for someone like me, who thrives on having a routine and schedule I’ve been gritting my teeth and holding my breathe for the weeks leading up to today. When we pulled up to school my baby hopped out with his big brother, blew me a kiss, grabbed big brothers hand and walked as fast as he could to the playground.  I stood on the sidewalk crying and he never looked back.  I guess they were ready to be done with summer too.

What A Summer It Was!

This was my first summer working from home and having the kids with me.  They went to their grandparents in June but came home for a few weeks in July before our BIG trip. At the end of July we packed up and drove to New York City via Niagara Falls Canada.  That’s 20+ hours in a car.  I am incredibly grateful that my kids are excellent travelers, maybe because they’ve been traveling long distances from the time they were babes in arm.  Each kid had a list of things they wanted to see and do in New York, some of which were a little surprising to me.

Visiting the United Nations

Visit the Statue of Liberty

Noodles in NYC Chinatown

There were so many other little things that we did but overall MarocBaba and I learned two things.

1) We love the Midwestern town we live in.

2) Our kids really do have a solid multicultural base.  They were excited to try new foods and they were not phased for a second when they heard someone speaking another language, dressing a different way or who simply looked different. They were so excited to be in a place where there were so many different kinds of people, food, and cultures!

Because I don’t have to go to an office to work, I was able to keep up with most obligations while we were traveling. Earlier this summer I mentioned that I was participating in the Verizon Savvy Gourmet program. Thanks to the Motorola Xyboard I was given and the unlimited data plan from Verizon Wireless working on the road couldn’t have been any easier. The Xyboard allows you to tether other devices off of it, so I could easily get on the internet with my laptop from anywhere – even when driving down the road! (Only when I was a passenger I promise!) I also had a lot of fun snapping pictures of our travels because heaven knows I couldn’t be anywhere without a) internet access and b) games for the kidlets – both of which my Xyboard provided!

The battery capacity on this tablet is awesome as well.  K hijacked the tablet on our drive from NYC to Washington DC and could watch his favorite streaming cartoons for much of that drive.  I was so grateful to have the Xyboard and wireless support of Verizon for this trip!

We had so much fun but were all very happy to be home. In honor of our great cultural adventure and in an attempt to hold onto our summer memories, I came up with a recipe for Indian Spice Krispies that were an instant hit with everyone who got the chance to taste them.  Just because we’re back home doesn’t mean the cultural exploration has to end! The boys and I sat down and surfed the Xyboard to find out what kind of spices were popular in Indian desserts and decided on the combination in this recipe. These are a no bake recipe, great for an after school snack and special enough to be included at any adult gathering.

Krispie Ingredients


  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp anise seeds
  • a pinch of saffron
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 bag of marshmallows
  • 1/2  c crunchy rice noodles
  • 5 c rice krispies or other any puffed rice cereal
  • raisins
  • flaked coconut
  • Rubber Spatula and greased 11 x 7 pan


In a large pan, add the anise seeds and stir until they begin to pop.  Continue stirring and add the butter.  Once it starts to melt add the ginger, turmeric, cinnamon and cardamom powders.  Crumble the saffron threads with your fingers and mix into the butter spice mixture.  Add all of the marshmallows and continue to stir with a rubber spatula until the marshmallows are completely melted.

When the marshmallows are ready, remove the pan from the heat and immediately mix in the krispies and rice noodles. Raisins and coconut are also added at this point. I used a handful of each but please adjust according to your likes and dislikes.  Toss in more coconut if you love it or leave it out if you don’t – same with the raisins.  Pour out the contents of the pan into a greased 11 x 7 pan.  Smooth the with your spatula and allow to set for at least an hour.  Cut into squares and serve.

Indian Spice Krispie Treats

What do you think? I’d be ever so grateful if you’d leave me a comment to let me know what you think of this recipe and our summer adventure! Tell me about yours too – what did you eat this summer that you loved? Did you go anywhere special?


Disclaimer: I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Midwest Savvy Gourmets program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.

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Amanda Mouttaki

Curious world traveling, mom of two busy boys, foodie at heart, addicted to social media and lover of all things Moroccan.

  • mdool145

    November 12, 2012 #1 Author

    I took the most amazing helicopter tour over New York City with Zip Aviation. Loved every minute of it and will do it again soon!


  • Dorothy

    September 14, 2012 #2 Author

    What a great recipe. I don’t have kids but I am sure some of office mates would enjoy such a yummy treat!


  • Jenn

    September 12, 2012 #3 Author

    Excellent recipe! I can’t wait to try it when it is our turn for snack day at school!


  • Caryn B

    September 12, 2012 #4 Author

    Oy I tried to comment last night. Your rice krispies recipe looks awesome….I love the use of unique spices. Looks like you had an amazing summer! : )


  • Linda

    September 12, 2012 #5 Author

    These look delicious! Can’t wait to try them at home!!


  • Amanda Cantrell

    September 12, 2012 #6 Author

    My family is from Niagara Falls. I love it! :) I am dying to go to NYC, super jealous!



  • Noura

    September 12, 2012 #7 Author

    these look & sound so delicious! I love Indian food & Indian spices & I’m a sucker for rice krispy treats…. sounds like a winning combination to me! Can’t wait to try them. Thanks for the recipe. You are so creative!


  • katy rose

    September 12, 2012 #8 Author

    oh, those look so good!


  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell

    September 12, 2012 #9 Author

    OH my word, I MUST try your Rice Krispie treat recipe. I love those spices and I tried them combined with granola and yogurt recently and it was delicious. So this ought to be next.

    I’m really glad your kids are adventurous eaters too!


  • Bridget

    September 12, 2012 #10 Author

    Can’t wait to make these – they look yummie!!!


  • Jul

    September 12, 2012 #11 Author

    Interesting twist on rice crispy treats!


  • Jamie Syed

    September 12, 2012 #12 Author

    These look fantastic!


  • Brittnae Giesau

    September 12, 2012 #13 Author

    I couldn’t have had a better summer! To think that YOU were an important key into one of the biggest decisions in my life, I will forever be grateful :) THANK YOU For being an amazing and lifelong friend 😀


    • marocmama

      September 12, 2012 #14 Author

      You made me tear up a little! xoxo


  • Youssef

    September 12, 2012 #15 Author

    Love eating these and I love when you give up the tablet long enough for me to use it!


  • Olga @ MangoTomato

    September 12, 2012 #16 Author

    What do I think? I think I’m super happy your summer adventures included sharing an Ethiopian meal with me :)


    • marocmama

      September 12, 2012 #17 Author

      I can’t believe I forgot to add that part! It deserves a separate post actually that I’m writing about making my own Ethiopian food! I couldn’t forget you 😉


  • Chacoy

    September 12, 2012 #18 Author

    Love that they wanted to see things that people don’t normally think of for vacation!
    That looks delicious and sounds very yummy too, thanks for sharing your recipe and vacation(:


  • Sharon MB

    September 12, 2012 #19 Author

    It’s supposed to be cooler this weekend, perfect for a treat with “warmer” spices in it.


  • Cherie

    September 12, 2012 #20 Author

    These look delicious (especially the coconut part)!! I’m printing this recipe for future use.


  • Dawn

    September 12, 2012 #21 Author

    I went to Niagara Falls in my teens and it was awesome. Your spice krispies recipe sounds interesting, I love all types of food!



  • Ashley

    September 12, 2012 #22 Author

    I know John really enjoyed these, they were a little off for me, great texture but I think I will change the spices as it was too sweet for my liking. Otherwise I liked them, plus, you made them and I didn’t have to, so that’s a win win situation.


  • Krystle

    September 12, 2012 #23 Author

    I’m not a fan of ethnic food, but I’d love to try it in rice krispy form! :)


  • Laura

    September 11, 2012 #24 Author

    Unsurprisingly, I love that one of your kids really wanted to eat noodles in Chinatown! Yay!

    They canceled Sammy’s half day kindergarten at the last minute so I am suddenly without kids as well. I cried so much when I found out there were no tears left for the actual day she went lol. And she also just grabbed her sister’s hand and never looked back. What is with these independent kids? :)

    The recipe is awesome.


  • ashleigh walls

    September 11, 2012 #25 Author

    What a busy summer you had! I have never tried Indian based foods before but now as a mom I try anything to get my boy to get a variety of food. These looks pretty great.


  • Jeannette

    September 11, 2012 #26 Author

    Wow – it looks like you had quite an eventful summer! And the Spice Krispy Treats look so good. I’m going to have to try them out!


  • Amber Edwards

    September 11, 2012 #27 Author

    That looks quite interesting. I”m not sure if I could handle my rice crispy treats to be anything but full sugar. lol. But this would definitely be fun to try out!


  • marina

    September 11, 2012 #28 Author

    Those spice Krispies sound yum.
    And I love that your kids are being exposed to different cultures…honestly helps leaps and bounds. We definitely need more parents to take that effort to introduce their kids to new cultures, languages, cuisines!!


  • Chrysa

    September 11, 2012 #29 Author

    What a fantastic adventure! Your recipe sounds delicious. It is definitely going in my “to try” folder!


  • Erika @Musings From a Stay At Home Mom

    September 10, 2012 #30 Author

    It sounds like you had a busy summer! We did too and like you, I’m thankful to get back into the routine. But it’s great to look back and realize we did get out!
    That recipe sounds neat – I’d never think to try that combination and I want to try it now!


  • nora

    September 10, 2012 #31 Author

    Your food photographs have gotten really good Amanda! I’ve watched the evolution, and the quality you have right now is great. The treats look really yum, at the mention coconut and cardamom I start drooling.


  • Marie Howard

    September 10, 2012 #32 Author

    Fun reading! We did some camping, hit a theme park and visited my dad. I love summer… so bummed it’s over.
    I like the idea of adding something new to old favorites. Keeps food, fun.


  • Ronni Keller

    September 10, 2012 #33 Author

    You had a full summer, didn’t ya?? Fun, fun, fun!!
    I have a friend who made those!! (or at least they were similar??) Man, I haven’t had them in so long and totally forgot about them until now! I’m copying that recipe and making them for the small fry this weekend1
    Thank you so much!!!


  • Sharon MB

    September 10, 2012 #34 Author

    I love the idea of transforming a classic kids’ treat into a cross-cultural learning opportunity. I haven’t traveled by car with J more than an hour away yet, but hope I’m as courageous as you when she’s older!


  • Kelly

    September 10, 2012 #35 Author

    Wow, what a cool flavor combination for a traditional treat. I can’t wait to try it! It kind of reminds me of a Thai peanut brittle I made (adapted from Cooking Light). I love the idea of applying nontraditional spices to traditional dishes. Hmmmm, what will I do with the green bean casserole at Thanksgiving?! Thanks for stirring up such ideas!


    • marocmama

      September 10, 2012 #36 Author

      Just don’t add marshmallows to the green beans!


  • Meriem

    September 10, 2012 #37 Author

    I just ate for the first time at an Indian restaurant. I loved the food. Can’t wait to give these a try!.


    • marocmama

      September 10, 2012 #38 Author

      Hope you enjoy them! (Indian food is a favorite of mine too!)


  • Trish

    September 10, 2012 #39 Author

    Wow, I’ve never heard of these. Sounds totally delicious. I may have to give these a try!


  • linda lyons

    September 10, 2012 #40 Author

    really enjoyed this post. sounds like you all had a great time.


  • Sarah

    September 10, 2012 #41 Author

    Oh my goodness, the Indian Spice Krispies sound amazing!! I have always loved Rice Krispies, and have recently grown to love so many of the spices commonly used in Indian dishes. So these are a great combination of both old and new favorites for me! :-)
    I think it’s wonderful that you and your family got to travel so much this summer.
    I just love what you said here– “Our kids really do have a solid multicultural base. They were excited to try new foods and they were not phased for a second when they heard someone speaking another language, dressing a different way or who simply looked different. They were so excited to be in a place where there were so many different kinds of people, food, and cultures!”
    If I have kids some day this is exactly what I would hope for them. :-)


  • Danielle

    September 10, 2012 #42 Author

    Sounds like you’ve enjoyed a great summer! Love what you wrote about the multicultural base for your children and your cultural exploration! That’s what I love about our lives in Morocco, seeing our little one adapting easily to different food, other languages and people very different from us. Will try your recipe, sounds delicious!


  • Ameena

    September 10, 2012 #43 Author

    I’d love to try out the recipe….If only I could find marshmallows in India.


    • marocmama

      September 10, 2012 #44 Author

      Well you could always make them homemade – or I could send you a few bags!!


  • Jessie

    September 10, 2012 #45 Author

    Interesting take on the rice crispy treats and I love the pictures on the post. I need to check out that tablet, my husband really wants one for when he goes out in the field. They rarely have access and I wonder if that would work.


    • marocmama

      September 10, 2012 #46 Author

      We went camping in the middle of nowhere Upper Michigan and it worked for me! It does operate off of Verizon – so the same towers that power their cell phones.


  • Catherine

    September 10, 2012 #47 Author

    The rice krispy recipe will be a great way to introduce my daughter to spices she normally steers away from…but she can’t resist rice krispies! Thank you MarocMama for helping me to conspire with more flavor in my daughter’s world (and mine too!)


  • Julie Klingberg

    September 10, 2012 #48 Author

    I had the opportunity to try these delicious little treats and I will say, they are a welcome change from your every-day-krispie-bars! They reminded me of the taste of a Christmas cookie actually :) The pan wouldn’t be safe in my house! lol


  • Rella

    September 10, 2012 #49 Author

    Yum! I will have to adapt this to be gluten-free, I love that you infuse all of those spices!


  • Laura@MotherWouldKnow

    September 6, 2012 #50 Author

    Love your summer adventure. Wish I had kids at home so I could try these Rice Krispie treats guilt-free:) and get their reactions. Of course, If I stare at the picture of the treats for too much longer, I may just make them anyway.


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